Parliamentary Aspirant in Mbale test Positive
The aspirant is standing for the Bungokho North Central constituency parliamentary seat in Mbale. FILE PHOTO

The aspirant is standing for the Bungokho North Central constituency parliamentary seat in Mbale.

Information reaching Flash Uganda Media indicates that a parliamentary aspirant in Mbale has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The aspirant whose name is yet to be disclosed is standing for the Bungokho North Central constituency parliamentary seat in Mbale district.

According to the Mbale District Surveillance Officer, Edward Nyongesa, the aspirant offered himself for testing in line with the directive by the National Resistance Movement-NRM Electoral Commission chairperson Dr Tanga Odoi to have all aspirants tested for the coronavirus before being allowed to stand for any position.

Mr Nyongesa says that they dispatched the aspirant’s samples to Entebbe Virus Research Institute for testing and they returned positive on Wednesday morning.

“His results were the first on the list and when we called him he told us he was in Kampala printing his posters. We alerted the Kampala team. Nyongesa said adding that the victim was evacuated and has since been admitted at Mulago National Referral Hospital where he is undergoing treatment.”

Nyongesa also said that plans are underway to identify all contacts and family members and have them quarantined for two weeks to determine their health state. 

He, however, warned Ugandans more so those politicians running to different areas around the country to hold campaigns that coronavirus is serious and anyone is a potential candidate.

“You see now Covid-19 is in the communities and everyone is a potential candidate for the disease, people should be extra careful to prevent the spread of the disease,” Nyongesa warned.

Parliamentary Aspirant in Mbale test Positive
The aspirant is standing for the Bungokho North Central constituency parliamentary seat in Mbale. FILE PHOTO

Meanwhile, this comes at a time when the MOH yesterday confirmed 19 new cases pushing Uganda’s total number of cases to 1,332.

Of the 19 confirmed cases, 11 are alerts, five are contacts to the previously confirmed cases while three are cases from truck drivers.

Regarding the 11 alerts, four are from the Kampala Metropolitan area, three are from Namisindwa while four are from. Buikwe, Mbale, Wakiso and Kasese.

Of the five contacts to the previously confirmed cases, four are from the Kampala Metropolitan area and one is from Wakiso.

Meanwhile, twenty-four foreign truck drivers including 18 Kenyans, three Congolese and three Tanzanians tested positive for the coronavirus at particular border points of entry and their access into Uganda was not permitted.

As of today, Uganda has registered 1,139 recoveries from the coronavirus and nine people have since succumbed to the deadly virus.